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- Here’s a digest of some of the significant developments from the week.
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California has approved a scheme for companies to offset emissions by buying carbon credits aimed at stopping tropical deforestation (The San Francisco Chronicle).
Leaders of many of the least developed countries in the world are working to become more climate resistant (EnviroNews Nigeria).
Madagascar’s leaders say they need help to combat deforestation from slash-and-burn agriculture (Deutsche Welle).
Researchers believe they’ve identified a crocodile species from New Guinea that’s new to science (CNN).
A study shows that oil palm development has caused nearly 40 percent of deforestation in Borneo since 2000 (Reuters).
Tanzania plans to degazette nearly 20 parks and reserves and turn the land over to 920 villages (Xinhua).
Thai tiger zoos appear to be a front for farms involved in the wildlife trade (The New York Times).
A Ugandan activist is working to fight deforestation in his country (Christian Science Monitor).
A MacArthur Award-winning marine scientist uses flash mobs and comic books to convey conservation messages (NPR).
Top adventure athletes plead with the U.S. Congress to address climate change (Adventure Sports Network).
Fishing boats make “off-the-book” transfers of catches to evade regulations (Hakai Magazine).
Germany is looking to invest $60 billion in preparing for climate change (The New York Times).
A commentator argues that focusing on the environment could be a winning strategy for U.S. Democrats in the 2020 election (The New York Times).
Was the “apocalyptic” message in a recent study about the loss of 3 billion birds from North America warranted? (Undark).
Wealthy agricultural magnates committed $750 million to climate research at Caltech (Los Angeles Times).
A website answers questions about what’s recyclable and what’s not (Ensia).
U.S. Forest Service officials are tracking a rise in tree poaching (The Atlantic).
Representatives of the oil and gas industry acknowledge humanity’s role in climate change and question the deregulation moves of the Trump administration (The Washington Post).
Kenya’s wildlife agency claims that WWF pressed for the relocation of 14 black rhinos in 2018, during which 11 died. The conservation NGO rejects the findings (Reuters).
Banner image of a black rhino by Ikiwaner via Wikimedia Commons (GFDL 1.2).
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